• Things to make or read

    Over time, I will add resources to this website that will help you explore the night sky. And if you are a teacher, you will find the resources helpful in your teaching of some sections of the Australian Curriculum: Science Earth & Space Sciences component. Amazing Space! Student Newsletter Download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student […]

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  • Customised Astronomy & Satellite Viewing Information For Your Location

    Introduction Heavens-Above.com provides free customised information for your location including whole sky star charts, predictions for the visibility of the International Space Station and other satellites (including Iridium flares). Bookmarks for all capital cities are provided below. If you are located elsewhere, you can customise one of the below links to your location. All you […]

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  • Educators

    Free student astronomy newsletter You can download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter for each term. The newsletter’s content will vary but currently includes finder charts for planets visible to the unaided eye (in the early evening sky), where to look for easily recognisable constellations and Moon phases for the months of that term. Potential […]

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Southern Hemisphere Sky Events Blog Posts

Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier than this! See Mercury, Mars and Saturn without a telescope.

(Posted 24 August 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier at present with three planets (Mercury, Mars and Saturn) now visible in evening sky. Mars and Saturn are the highest in the sky and don’t set until late evening. Mars sets the latest just after 11 pm AEST on the Gold Coast (setting times for […]

Crescent Moon joins Jupiter tonight in the constellation Gemini The Twins (with finder chart)

(Posted 4 May 2014) Step outside tonight as soon as the sky begins to darken and you will be rewarded by the beautiful sight of the crescent Moon and planet Jupiter above the North West horizon. More information about the constellation Gemini The Twins (in which the Moon and Jupiter appear to be in front […]

Iridium flare will dazzle early morning risers on the Gold Coast tomorrow

(Posted 27 April 2014) An Iridium flare approximately 39 times brighter than Venus (currently visible in the morning sky) will dazzle the eyes of early morning risers on the Gold Coast tomorrow morning (Monday 28 April 2014). The flare will occur at 4:55 am AEST (4:55.02 am AEST to be precise) and last only a few […]

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Wish this was real! :-) No make that wish I could…

Wish this was real! No make that wish I could see it for myself. Sunset from space: artemjew.ru/2014/08/31/sun…

Beautiful time lapse of aurora seen from Tasmania…

Beautiful time lapse of aurora seen from Tasmania Friday night (29 August 2014): vimeo.com/104739541

RT @astro_reid: Clouds cast thousand-mile shadows…

RT @astro_reid: Clouds cast thousand-mile shadows into the black of #space. A favorite view of ours. @Astro_Alex http://t.co/lhZhv3zUu3

Education Blog Posts

Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier than this! See Mercury, Mars and Saturn without a telescope.

(Posted 24 August 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier at present with three planets (Mercury, Mars and Saturn) now visible in evening sky. Mars and Saturn are the highest in the sky and don’t set until late evening. Mars sets the latest just after 11 pm AEST on the Gold Coast (setting times for […]

Free download: Term 3 2014 Student Astronomy Newsletter Now Available

The Term 3 2014 edition of my ‘Amazing Space!’ newsletter for students is now available for free download from this website. This term’s issue includes: Finder charts for Saturn and Mars. No telescope required. Constellation finder charts for the Southern Cross and Scorpius Moon phases for July – September 2014 Preview of 4 August 2014 Saturn occultation (event times for various […]

Make your own tin can pinhole planetarium (page 5 of 5)

(Article continued from previous post) You can use the pinhole planetarium by looking through it (see above image showing what I saw) or by shining a torch through it so that you get star images projected onto a wall (see below image). Note that the square stars in the below image is due to the pinholes […]

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Mercury and crescent Moon in the evening twilight (photo)

(Posted 27 August 2014) The cloud was kind earlier this evening and cleared above the Brindabella’s to allow me to take an image of the slim crescent Moon and Mercury low above the Western horizon. The thing I like in particular about the image is seeing the night side of the Moon lit up by […]

Stunning! Saturn occulted by Moon photos (as seen from Canberra)

(Posted 14 April 2014) Wow! That is the only word that comes to mind having seen Saturn occulted (covered or eclipsed) by the Moon. If you missed it, don’t panic as there will be one more occultation of Saturn visible from Australia this year (4 August 2014). It will be even better than tonights (!) as […]

Venus shines high in pre-dawn ANZAC Day 2014 and above ANZAC Cove, Turkey 1915

(Posted 23 April 2014)  If you are attending this week’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service (Friday 25 April 2014), before the service starts you can take part in a little naked eye astronomy by looking up and to the East. Assuming you have clear skies, you will easily be able to observe dazzling Venus and a waning crescent […]

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